Giulio Cabianca

Monday 19th February 1923

Born on this day, Giulio Cabianca, an Italian racer. A successful sports car driver in Italy, Cabianca got noticed by Enzo Ferrari when he won the 1958 Formula 2 Naples GP and then, making his Formula 1 debut in Jo Bonnierís Maserati 250F, was running 5th at the Italian GP before retiring. He got signed as Ferrari works-driver in sports car racing, but had to look after himself as far as F1 was concerned. He borrowed Ottorino Volonterio’s Maserati 250Fs for the 1959 Italian GP and the following year raced a Scuderia Castellotti Cooper-Ferrari to 4th place in the same event. It was with the same car he then suffered a fatal accident in 1961 at Modena circuit. The car left the track due to a stuck throttle, went through the entrance gate and collided with a passing taxi, killing Cabianca, the cab driver and both passengers. He was 38 years old at the time of his death.

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